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Patricia (Pat) A. Brannan

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Patricia (Pat) A. Brannan

Senior Counsel Pat Brannan stepped down as General Counsel at the end of 2017, after six years as the lead lawyer representing Hogan Lovells in the Americas. Pat has managed litigation, claims, legal compliance, ethics, and risk management issues relating to law practice.

Pat has also dealt comprehensively with the complex ethical challenges that face most lawyers throughout their careers. For decades, a central focus of her practice has been compliance with professional ethical and conflict of interest requirements. Her background as a practice leader (Education practice group, 1995–2004, and Pro Bono practice, 2004–2011) provided Pat with the experience needed to ground her compliance advice in the realities of complex legal practice. She served as co chair of the firm's Legal Ethics Committee from 2002–2011.

Before becoming Hogan Lovells US LLP General Counsel in 2012, Pat represented clients in arbitrations and bench trials, jury trials, and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Her appellate practice has featured arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and most of the federal courts of appeal. Pat was a former Chair of the Board on Professional Responsibility for the District of Columbia. She also taught professional responsibility at the George Washington University School of Law.

Pat clerked for the Honorable John M. Ferren on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for one year before joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as an associate in 1980.


"Outstanding service as Chair of the Board on Professional Responsibility."

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Representative experience

Co-leader of a team analyzing the District of Columbia Government's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1979
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Marquette University, 1975

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Washingtonian, Top Lawyer, Civil Rights



American Bar Foundation

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